Escondido eNews -- March 24, 2019
Sun, Mar 24 9:32pm
Escondido Elementary



Key Dates

3/28 -- Community Conversation

4/1-5 -- Spring Break - No School

4/11-12 -- Escondido Science Fair

4/26 -- Family Movie Night



Community Conversation with Milton ReynoldsRSVP by Tues, Mar 26th:





Science Fair project boards and guidebooks have been distributed to classrooms.  If your child has not received one please contact me ( ) or Beto (


We’d like to encourage students to incorporate art into their project board displays -- photos, drawings, colorful borders/letters/designs, etc.! Be creative and have fun! Science and art go hand in hand!


Finally, we need volunteers to help out with Family Science Night on Thursday, April 11. In particular, we need people to help set up classrooms after school, serve as room monitors in the evening (1 hour slots), and clean up at 8:30. Parents, siblings, relatives, and friends are all welcome to lend a hand. Please sign up at this link:

Please contact either of us with any questions.


To join, visit enter the (new) code ESCONDIDO, and place an order!  Good Eggs will donate 5% back to the PTA on every order.  Good Eggs sells organic, local produce, meat and fish, baked goods, easy dinner kits, and more delivered same-day. No subscription required. Free delivery when you spend $60. Questions?  Contact 



PTA and PTAC News


**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update

Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday


**NEW**PAUSD Strategic Plan a.k.a. The Promise  

On Tuesday evening, March 26, the Board will be discussing the Promise - the Strategic Plan for the next several years.  The discussion will focus on high quality teaching and learning, special education and inclusion, and district office operations.  In the past month or so, PAUSD has been reviewing the Strategic Plan taking in lots of community input. As we near the rolling out of the Strategic Plan / PROMISE you may have additional thoughts and comments.  We encourage you to individually write to the district via Let’s Talk at and/or to PAUSD Board of Trustees at  Don’t wait. Send in your comments no later than Tuesday March 26 by 5 pm. 



**Media Use and Social Emotional Development


PRESENTED BY:  Jaime Nunez from Common Sense Media .

Come learn how parents can help children learn about issues like integrity and character in the context of digital media.

Location:  PALY Haymarket Theater, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto 94301

Date:  Wednesday, March 27th

Time:  6:30PM

*Free childcare   *Light Snacks will be provided




March 14 Thursday, 120+ people came out to City Hall to give VOICE to ALL PAUSD students.  We spoke with ONE VOICE, stressing the importance of FULL MITIGATION by Stanford University.  We are simply asking Stanford University to take care of our children. See PAUSD Resolution.  We sincerely appreciate everyone doing their part for our kids.  For more, please go to

Thank you to all PTA members, PTAC council members, PAUSD employees and school board members, students, parents and guardians, City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School (SRTS), the PTAC SRTS Collaborative Committee, Palo Alto residents, and neighbors for coming out to the School Rally.  The PTA Council would like to thank Supervisor Joe Simitian and Supervisor Cindy Chavez who graciously attended our school rally. The strength of our community is evident when we come together and we work together, this includes Stanford University. 

The Palo Alto PTA Council is pleased that many of our PTAs and PTSAs have written letters to Stanford University stressing FULLMITIGATION. Our 6th District PTA Council and schools in various parts of Santa Clara County are also sending letters to Stanford University.  Please continue write to your supervisors, join our on-line petition. And download Click-My-Cause App, or find your own creative way to help communicate with elected county officials letting them know you care about Palo Alto kids. THANK YOU. 


**NEW**PTAC Honorary Service Awards - Thursday, April 25, Palo Alto Art Center  

You’re Invited!!  This is our amazing and fun Spring social event to honor our volunteers and to network. Lots of food, Student Art, and celebrating amazing work!  We’re looking for official photographers and Twitter/Social Media connectors. eVites are going out on Monday.  We would like to cast a wider net for our invitation list, so if you or you would like someone to be invited, please send name, email, and affiliation by Sunday, March 22nd. to HSA Committee -


PTA Council Invites You to the 97th Annual May Fete Parade & 125th Palo Alto Birthday Celebrations

Sat May 4, 10AM (Parade start time) Downtown Palo Alto

Each year our students and staff, as well as neighbors, are invited to participate in the City of Palo Alto 2019 May Fete Parade.  This is our small, hometown parade right here in the heart of Silicon Valley. Many PAUSD students participate in the parade by way of the bands, amazing music programs, club projects that funded by PiE and PTA.  Downtown University Avenue is closed that day and the nearby streets and parking lots are transformed with schools' kids, floats, marching bands, electric model cars, etc. NEW this year is the celebration of the 125th Birthday of City of Palo Alto.  Happy Birthday! Don’t miss it.  Carpool and bike.


Watch the Video of Dr. Robert Lustig’s Real Food for Thought Talk from 3/6/19  

Did you miss the talk on why eating real food matters for our children? Watch it here on Youtube: Would you like to get involved with bringing more real food to our schools?  Email for more information.  Brought to you by PTAC Health and Wellness.


PTA Council Seeks Volunteers

The PTA Council Nominating Committee is currently seeking expressions of interest from individuals in the community who would like to learn more about becoming a member of the PTA Council Executive Board and Collaborative Committees for the 2019-20 school year. We are looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students and preferably have experience on their school PTA or site council. Talk to us about stepping into a leadership role or how you can participate on a committee.  Contact the Nominating Committee at:


Summer Camps Info Now Available on PTAC Website

Looking for a summer camp in your neighborhood or at one of our Palo Alto Unified school sites? Now you can find it at the PTAC website at Camp providers listed on this page host activities/summer camps at PAUSD Schools, and pay rental fees to our district. These rental fees help to defray the cost of running our schools while providing local opportunities for our kids. PTA Council does not endorse one camp over another. This service is offered to give parents an easy way to find out what is being offered and where. Please contact the PTAC Webmaster to recommend updates to this information. There is no charge to providers to be listed.


Project Cornerstone – TIP Program for parents and caregivers!

The Palo Alto Housing and Project Cornerstone are offering a free series of parent classes open to all parents and caregivers.  Join Project Cornerstone’s engaging workshop - Take It Personally, starting on Wednesday, April 17th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (with dinner from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.) at the Colorado Park Apartments. You do not need to be a parent/resident from the Colorado Park Apartments, just an adult who cares about all kids.

Today’s children need you in their lives.  You have much to offer young people. Chances are you already do many things that build assets and strengthen relationships with young people. However, this series will help point you in the direction of doing it so much more intentionally. You don’t have to be an expert to build these assets. You just need to be someone who cares about kids and is willing to actively use moments in time to help them grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. 


We know that your strong family is the best predictor of your children's success. Parents and caregivers need fresh ideas that work to keep families close, as children grow. Come learn new tools for strengthening your relationships with children and youth in this 6-week workshop facilitated by Project Cornerstone. Each week we will share, discuss, and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships that help youth succeed in school, friendships, and life. Learn tools you can use now – to strengthen your family connections and help young people thrive. 


Please strongly consider joining this upcoming series of meetings. You will not be disappointed.


Class Title: Take It Personally

Dates: Wednesdays: April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22


  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Workshop

Place/Host: Colorado Park Apartments 


Sign Up today:


Community News


**NEW**Community Meeting Notification: Grade Separation at Churchill and Alma

Wed Mar 27 6-8P Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

The focus of the meeting will be on the intersection of Churchill and Alma and also the concept of a tunnel within Palo Alto City limits (going under Churchill, Meadow & Charleston).  The only option currently being considered by the City Council for Churchill/Alma is closure of the train crossing to vehicles with a possible bike/pedestrian path.  Closure of Churchill could potentially impact traffic on other streets (Embarcadero? El Camino? Oregon/Page Mill?) and preliminary impacts are expected to be discussed at this meeting. 

ATTENTION PALY PARENTS: For those of you interested in how kids will be able to commute to PALY, this is THE meeting you will want to attend to give your thoughts/feedback/suggestions for both the final alternative and the interim construction issues that might develop!  For more information visit:  Contact the City at: 650-329-2520 Send questions or feedback to:


**NEW**Recruitment and Career Advancement Fair for PAUSD  

Sat Apr 13,  10A-3P  Peery Family Center at Palo Alto High School

PAUSD Human Resources is hosting its first Recruitment and Career Advancement Fair for PAUSD.  Some of our best employees are parents and family members from the PAUSD community. Come hear about jobs, benefits, and working at PAUSD.


**NEW** Teaching Kindness to Kids

Wed Mar 27  7:30- 10P Cubberley Community Center Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

 Free Coffee at 6:30 pm.

Friends of PreSchool Family (a PAUSD adult school program) welcomes parenting author Muffie Waterman in a talk about promoting kindness and pro-social behavior in children.  Waterman holds a PhD from Stanford University and lectured at San Jose State on cognitive development and play. Come hear how we can grow our children’s innate desire to help others.  Free to the public; with free coffee cart at 6:30 pm.


Chinese Railroad Workers Photos Exhibit 

Mar 1-31, Mon-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri-Sun 10am-6pm, Palo Alto Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road 

Please come to view a special photos exhibit as 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the first American Transcontinental Railroad built by the Chinese Railroad Workers.  Dr. Hilton Obenzinger, author of more than a dozen books and Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University, will present this important period of history at the Embarcadero Room on Mar 17 at 4-6pm.  All are welcome.  No registration required. More information can be found on  Questions contact Monica Yeung Arima at


Auditions for Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) 2019-20 Season

Sun, Mar 31 & Apr 14,  9AM– 4PM, Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto

New member auditions for PACO's 2019-20 season.  For more information and to schedule an audition please visit

"Listen to Me:  What Do I Need to Feel Connected to School, Family and Community?"

Tue, March 26, 7-8:30P, Mitchell Park Community Center - Adobe Room, Palo Alto 

To raise the awareness of the importance of youth feeling a sense of belonging, Susan Stone Belton will share reflective listening tools that parents and adult allies can use to build healthy relationships that help youth thrive.  Also, featured will be a service learning project by the youth peer leaders.  Parents, students, and adult allies are welcome! Free admissions and light refreshments will be served.  To attend, please register here   For more information, visit here  Questions? Please contact:


Eschuchame: Que es que necesito para sentirme conectado a la escuela, familia y  comunidad? 

Tue, March 26, 7-8:30P, Mitchell Park Community Center - Adobe Room, Palo Alto 

Martes, el 26 de marzo, de 7-8:30pm Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto- (Cuarto Adbobe) 

Para elevar la consiencia de la importancia del sentido de pertenecia de jovenes, Susan Stone Belton, compartira instumentos en como padres y educadores pueden fortalecer relaciones saludables con jovenes.  Padres, estudiantes y aliados son beinvenidos. Admision es gratis y habra refrescos. 

Para asistir por favor inscribirse. Para mas informacion o preguntas contacten  



Tue, March 26, 7-8:30P, Mitchell Park Community Center – Adobe Room, Palo Alto

3月26日,星期二,7-8:30p.m.,Palo Alto 米切尔公园社区中心 — Adobe会议室

为了提高人们对青少年有归属感的重要性认识,Susan Stone Belton将分享反思性的倾听工具。父母和成年盟友可以利用这些工具建立健康的关系,帮助青少年茁壮成长。此外,值得关注的将是青少年同辈领导人的服务学习项目。

欢迎家长,学生和成年盟友参加! 免费入场并有点心提供。

欲参加者,请注册。 有关更多信息,请访问此处。若有问题, 请联系

Scout Troop 50 Open House

Mon, March 25th at 7:30 - 9:00PM, The Scout Fire Circle, Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Scout Troop 50 is having an open house in order to give kids (grades 5-10) and their parents a chance to get to know Troop 50 to see if it is the right troop for them.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the troop and about scouting.  The open house will be at the Scout Fire Circle at the Scout House at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

For more information about Troop 50, please see the following web site: patroop50/home


Spring Women’s Wellness Group with Jalene Salus

Free intro class on Mar 22, remaining classes Fri Mar 29-May24, 10A-12P St. Mark’s, 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA

In this nourishing group, Jalene Salus will share the wisdom of Integrative Nutrition as she introduces ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit.  Each week, you will discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family’s health, and align your self-care with the rhythm of the season.  Registration is required as space is limited!  FIRST CLASS ON MAR 22 FREE.  Scholarships available upon request. More Info:  


Calling elementary, middle and high school families. You are eligible to host an AFS Cultural Exchange Student.

Hosting helps a high school student become fluent in English and experience teenage life in America.  “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.”

Contact our SF Bay representative Veronica Buxton

AFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the U.S. State Department.


**NEW**Participate in Stanford University’s Puberty and Neurodevelopment Study  

Researchers at Stanford University are looking for pre-teens ages 10-14 of all gender expressions to participate in a study exploring how hormones affect the development of different parts of the brain during puberty.  Participation involves 3 visits across 5 years, a comprehensive physical, cognitive, and behavioral evaluations and brain imaging with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (safe, non-invasive, no x-rays/radiation). All participants will receive written reports from evaluations and up to $130 honorarium for each year of participation.  For more information please contact or (650) 698-2115.


A Community Day To Swim with PASA at Rinconada

Sat Apr 13, 1-2:30pm ages 6-9, 2:30-4pm ages 10-13, Rinconada Pool

Kids in the Palo Alto Community will be given a free swim lesson from the coaches and swimmers of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. Signups will close when the maximum of 30 children per session is reached.

Info and signup:


4-hour Kidpower Safety and Self Defense Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults 

Sat Mar 25, 9Am-1PM, Palo Alto

Families practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies.  Visit the registration page or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email for information.  Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you're interested!